See After World Maths Day.
The World Education Games 2013 was held on 5th to 7th March 2013 with World Maths Day on 6th March 2013.
The World Maths Day blog has the latest news you can also follow @WorldEduGames on Twitter or The World Education Games on Facebook.
During the World Maths Day event students of all ages play other students in their age category from around the world in live games of mental arithmetic. I have seen many students of all ages thoroughly enjoying this event.
During the event itself students can earn points for up to 50 games, 10 at each level, each game lasting one minute. Over 50 games can be played but the points will not be added to their personal score for the event. Teachers can play too! Note that the event lasts as long as it is the event date somewhere in the world; check the site for start times at various cities round the world; in London for example the event lasts from 10am on 5th March to 10am on 7th March. There are also clear guides for students and teachers available under Resources.
For those interested in practising their spelling in preparation for World Literacy Day there are numerous resources online including games.
Current high score on level 2 (19+ age category)!
All over the blogosphere bloggers are posting about their top posts of the year – myself included!
So I thought I’d take a look at my WordPress statistics for 2011 and see which posts are nearer the bottom of the list in terms of page views!
I present some posts I think worthy of attention; I have updated some for clarity.
Thinkfinity – including a great resource for introducing probability.
Storybird – write stories about Mathematics? Why not?!
Words with WolframAlpha - WolframAlpha is so good at Mathematics – did you know it’s good with vocabulary as well?
Triptico – some great resources for the interactive whiteboard
Mudd Math Fun Facts - a searchable collection of Mathematics fun facts from Harvey Mudd College Math Department
Videos – the list of sources of videos has been added to since this post was first written
To complete the collection – some posts of a lighter nature – check the counting chimp, watch a bubble sort – danced, or listen to some songs!
It’s that time of the year again – review time.
Which posts have attracted the most readers?
Using Scoop.it! I present the 20 most popular posts of 2011.
An infographic is a graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge designed to present complex information clearly.
There are many excellent examples available on the web such as the one below on just how hard Santa has to work, which not only convey information clearly but also in a very attractive manner. Something our students would perhaps enjoy creating.
For further resources see this collection which includes a series from the New York Times on teaching using infographics and resources on their creation (and note Scoop.it! an excellent and easy way to share information.
Click on the graphic below to see just how hard Santa works! (Published: December 2010 by Advertising Agency: Benedict & Helfer, Hungary.)
Note – updated post Christmas 2012 with more content!
We are near the end of term and teachers turn their thoughts to fun but educational activities they can use with their classes.
The always wonderful Nrich have several Christmas problems and advent calendars for both primary and secondary school students.
For another advent calendar see the Plus Magazine (always an excellent read) 2011 advent calendar.
Mark McCourt has an excellent selection on emaths.
From The Franklin Institute comes this collection of Christmas problems.
Teaching Expertise are offering free downloads of Christmas Activities for younger students.
Why not take a look at this class clip from BBC Learning Zone and think about how much paper is needed to wrap a present?
We could do the annual calculation and work out how many gifts are received over the 12 days of Christmas. Murray Bourne has all the answers and more on squareCircleZ or have a look at this YouTube video.
WolframAlpha will of course help you count the days and even wish you a Merry Christmas!
…..and thank you WordPress.com for the snow!
A collection of excellent free resources for demonstrating the various circle theorems:
Tim Devereux has created GeoGebra applets which allow exploration of the circle theorems. You can access each theorem from the menu on the left which includes a useful summary of all the theorems.
A new page on this blog is on Top Posts and Pages which I can see from the WordPress statistics has been a popular page itself this week.
Top Posts and Pages details the most popular posts and pages in the last seven days and also for all time (since starting this blog in January 2009).
It is interesting that some recent posts such as Top>10 Mathematics Websites have made it very quickly into the top posts and pages for all time.
Top Posts and Pages will be updated regularly.
Jane Hart, the founder of the Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies has for the last five years has been generating an annual “Top 100 Tools for Learning” list by asking learning professionals to share their favorite tools for learning.
The finalised list of the 2011 Top 100 Tools for learning from C4LPT (Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies) has now been published.
Looking at the list – as a teacher I use many of these tools; I thought I would outline here those tools in the list I use in my Mathematics teaching. Each link takes you directly to the site or to a post giving further examples of the use of that tool.
These three interactives from Shodor are a good introduction to Venn diagrams:
Venn Diagrams, Shape Sorter and Triple Venn Diagram Shape Sorter
With the Triple Venn Diagram Shape Sorter you can either set the rules or guess the rules by selecting the appropriate botton:
I was asked recently about my own top ten Mathematics websites, this request and remembering Edna Sackson’s comments on her ’10 Ways…’ series reminded me of the various ‘Top (insert number here) Mathematics Websites’ posts I have read; all of them have left me with the thought that so many excellent sites are missing from such lists. Really such posts (including this one) should be titled ‘My Top 10….’ as they understandably include the author’s favourites. For my own list I have decided to include some categories as well as individual sites which gives me the excuse to mention far more than 10! Note that every site mentioned here is free to use.
So in no particular order: